Monday, March 26, 2012

Enchanted Place Card Holder

Happy Monday to everyone! I spent the weekend getting ready for my upcoming overnight weekend retreat. I decided to have an enchanted forest theme this year. So going with the theme I have created these enchanting place card holders.

I purchased very inexpensive votive holders at a local craft supply place and then added some sparkle to the tops of them using Hercules Tape and glitter.

Next step was the mossy bottom. I simply cut a 3 inch circle out of dark green cardstock, and adhered the votive to this using foam tape. Then I hot glued some Spanish moss to the card stock. I found the Spanish Moss in the floral section of my local craft store.

What is an enchanted Forest with out a sparkly butterfly and some roses? The butterfly was created using wire to shape the butterfly. I then adhered several layers of tissue paper to the wire using Modge Podge. On the last layer of tissue paper I added some color by carefully smooshing around drops of Fired Brick, Broken China, and Peeled Paint Distress Reinkers and added sparkle by sprinkling on glitter over the wet Modge Podge. After letting them dry overnight I cut out the butterflies and adhered them to the votive.

The roses were made using Tim Holtz's Tattered Pine Cone Die. You can see a video here of how to make these roses. My only hint is to dampen your paper slightly with either plain old water or Perfect Pearls Mist (if you want sparkle) before you start to roll and shape your rose. The dampened paper makes it a bit more pliable and much easier to shape in my opinion.

The last step was to add the place card holder. I used small foam colored balls (also found in the floral section) to fill the votive with. To hold the place card I used a Tim Holtz Memo Pin. I also made some tissue paper mushrooms, because you can't have an enchanted forest without colorful mushrooms. The mushrooms will be used for a fun prize game I have planned.

So thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an Enchanted Day!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Exciting News Please vote for Me!

I have a very exciting announcement to make. I have been selected as one of the Heartfelt Creations Design Team Semi-finalist. I am both honored and overjoyed to have been chosen as one of the semi-finalists for this rubber art stamp manufacturer. If you are not familiar with the wonderful Heartfelt Creations line you should check out their website.
Heartfelt Creations has chosen some wonderful semi-finalists and I need your support to get to the final round. So if you like what you see please jump on over to the Heartfelt Creations Blog and cast your vote. As a thank you for voting you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Gift Certificate from Heartfelt Creations. 

I submitted three projects to make it to the semi-finalist round.
The first scrapbook layout is a double page ski trip called Fun Run. The techniques used on this layout include stamping, embossing, die cuts, layered papers and multiple photos matted. The circle snowflake embellishments were stamped with distress ink and embossing ink. To add a bit of shimmer some of the snowflakes were embossed with white embossing powder.

 The second scrapbook layout is a double page snowy ski trip. This layout has a bit more bling on it. The snowflakes are made with glossy cardstock, die cut and inked with various alcohol inks. I then added some pearls and jewels to accent them a bit more. The snowy circle embellishment on page 2 was made by stamping on acetate and cardstock. I then applied glitter and various inks to the acetate and smooshed tissue paper, the acetate and the stamped cardstock together. The final image was then layered onto 2 colors of cardstock.
The third project is an easel card. This card can sit out on display. The card background was made using a custom made cloud mask and ink. The tree branch is dry embossed and then the raised areas have been inked. The swing was also custom made and colored using a water color distress ink technique. The cut girl on the swing and the little bird in the tree were both stamped on watercolor paper and then colored using the same water color distress ink technique. The paper flowers on the bottom of the easel are colored with water colors and then a bit of shine was added using hot press crystals. The sentiment was stamped onto an inked die cut shape and then matted again.

Again I am so very happy to be chosen as a semi-finalist and I hope to make it as a finalist for the Heartfelt Creations Design Team. If you enjoyed my projects please go here to vote for me for the final Design Team. You can only vote one time and you need to select 5 or more semi-finalists. Voting ends April 13th. Thank you for your support and for stopping by. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Mad for Plaid

I got my Grungy Monday Card done this afternoon and I just have to say I love the plaid technique. Linda at Studio L3 has brought to us a wonderful Tim technique using Alcohol Inks to make a plaid pattern. It is so easy and fast and so very cool. I decided to use the challenge to make an Easter card, as it is right around the corner.

I used a fun Easter stamp and water colored it with distress ink refills in various colors. I also added some lavish trimmings ribbon and stained it with Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar, and Bundled Sage Distress Stain. For the plaid background I used Lettuce, Shell Pink, Aqua, Lemonade, Peach Bellini, and Pitch Black Alcohol Ink. Don't forget to check out Linda's blog for more information on the challenge and a chance to win a shopping spree from Simon Says Stamp.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Fun Storage Tin

I picked up a bunch of metal storage tins for less than $1.00  a piece several months back now. I wanted to put in miscellaneous supplies like paper clips and rubber bands for my office/craft room and then decorate them and display them. Well I am finally getting around to decorating them.
Here is what the finished tin looks like.

I first used alcohol ink to cover the entire outside of the tin and add some color to it. Then I stamped images onto tissue paper using archival ink. The stamps I used came form Tim Hotlz's Urban Chic and Regal Flourish collections. I then glued the stamped tissue paper to the inked tin using Modge Podge. I did this very gently with a sponge brush so as not to rip the delicate tissue paper.

The tin still needed a bit more so I jumped on over to Tim's blog to check out the mosaic 12 tags of 20112 March creation. I did not have the butterfly die so I used the tattered Floral die. I did not add as much Utee to my flowers, so they look like they have drops of dew on them. I love how the mosaic flowers came out. Be sure to check out the March Tag to see exactly how to do this wonderful technique. I adhered the flowers to a small magnet. This way I can move the flowers around on the tin if I would like. I think I am also going to make a label using magnetic tape for the tins so I know exactly what is in them.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The birds are singing

Good Morning - it is quite early here. I could not sleep so of course into my craft room I go at 5:30am. The birds were chirping and the sun is rising this morning which inspired me to make this cute card. We are also celebrating someones anniversary this weekend and over at Studio L3 it is Grungy Monday time. This weeks challenge was going back to a resist technique form 2007. To see Tim Holtz demonstrate this technique visit Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas. And now for my card.

I used Tim Holtz's French Market stamp set along with Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress ink for the background. The "love birds" are stamped using the Inky Antics Turtle Honey Pop set and then water colored with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. The ribbon is seam binding colored with Peeled Paint Distress Stain.

So thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Spring is here

I woke up this morning, looked out the window and to my surprise flowers have bloomed. So Spring has come to my little part of the world and I decided to share a spring like card today.

The card is a 3-d circle card and when open it makes a nice display. You can find a wonderful tutorial by Splitcoast Stampers here. I wanted my card to fit in a standard A2 envelope so I used 6" circles for my card stock and 5 1/2" circles for the decorative paper. Here is the card open.

And here is the cards pages. I used Tim Hotlz Distress Inks to watercolor the stamped images.

So Happy Spring everyone. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Going Green for March

I have decided to Go Green for the month of March. This will be the theme for the All Things Tim Yahoo Group monthly Challenge! Please join us if you love All Things Tim
My first project is a green Thank You Card with recycled bottle caps. 

To smash the bottle caps down I ran them through my big shot. There is a trick to doing this. First you want to evenly place them in the middle of the cutting pad. I found it was best to do an even amount and 4-6 worked great. This way they smash evenly down. The second tip is to put the sharp jagged edges of the bottle caps onto a thick piece of cardboard and then onto the cutting mat. This will embed the bottle caps into the cardboard and not your cutting mat! So your sandwich is this: platform, cutting pad, cardboard, bottle caps jagged sharp edge down on cardboard, and last cutting pad.

After the bottle caps were smashed I inked them using Pesto, Caramel, and Bottle Alcohol Inks. I let them dry then glued the letters YOU individually onto each cap. I then filled the middle of the cap in with Glossy Accents.

The background of the card is made with Tim Holtz Coredinations Distress Color Core Cardstock. I embossed it with Tim Holtz Swirls Texture Fade and then sanded the raised portions and edges to have the lighter green show through. The rest of the paper I pulled form scraps that I had lying around - again going green here.

For the word Thank I cut it out of my Cricut using one of those scrap pieces of paper I had lying around. I then added paint to the edges using my Silver Adirondack Paint Dabber. I attached it to a Tattered Banners Die Cut piece of paper inked with Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I then just glued everything together and I had a Green Thank you card. Hope this inspires you to go Green this month!